- Kenya’s government has an ambitious target of achieving universal access to power by 2020, with plans already underway. The Kenyan energy and petroleum ministry cabinet secretary said that the government was exploiting locally available energy sources, including off-grid renewables solutions, to achieve this goal. [ESI Africa]
- India ratified the landmark Paris climate pact Sunday. India’s formal agreement brings the accord closer to coming into force. It is to take effect after 55 countries producing 55% of the world’s emissions ratify it. With India onboard, 62 countries accounting for more than half the world’s emissions would have ratified the agreement. [Voice of America]
- Rural electric cooperatives once brought electricity to far-flung communities, transforming rural economies. One co-op in Western Colorado is trying to spur economic development again, partly by generating more of their electricity locally from renewable resources. But that requires legal action. [Harvest Public Media]
- With gambling, alcohol, general debauchery, or the sheer amount of electric wattage, Las Vegas doesn’t seem like a place that would be willing to go green. And yet it is. Several Las Vegas Strip Casinos are getting off the Nevada power grid. Both MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts Ltd have already left it. [The Inquisitr]
- Donald Trump has said he wants to abolish the EPA. That’s no small feat, given that the agency was created by law – one signed by President Nixon. Now, he has named a prominent climate science denier and longtime foe of regulation, Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, to lead his EPA transition team. [InsideClimate News]
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